Body Image & Eating Concerns

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A mirror, scale, clothing size, and fashion advertisement…what do they all have in common? For many, these items have taken on a meaning far beyond a simple tool, number, or industry attempt to sell the latest trends. They have taken on the power to dictate how we feel about ourselves, set our mood, and even make or break our day.

Many students, both women and men, struggle with feeling good about their appearance and bodies. How you view your body can affect your health, sense of wellbeing, enjoyment of life, and even your academic performance. Negative body image can also be a precursor to disordered eating - as many as 20% of college students experience disordered eating of some form.

In a 2010 survey of UF students:

  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men reported that feeling fat frequently interferes with their enjoyment of everyday life.
  • 1 in 6 students worried about losing control over how much they eat.

Think about those numbers across a campus the size if UF - that is a lot of lost enjoyment, worry and energy that could be used in so many other ways. But, you can help turn this around for yourself and those you care about.

  • Take Action: Learn how you can promote positive body image and find out how to get involved
  • Resources: Find out where you can get help and more information if you or someone you care about is struggling with eating or body image concerns
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